A Festive Filled Day

This weekend has truly been such a great weekend and just what I needed after this past week.  Friday evening started off the weekend perfectly, but Saturday made it even better!  Yesterday was quite the festive filled day, which was just what I was hoping for.

Cody worked on putting Christmas lights on the house outside while I decorated the inside and set up the tree.

[My grandma's old Bible turned to Luke 2 - the birth of Jesus]

[Our stockings... Cody's is the snowman, mine is Santa.  I kind of wish I called shots on the snowman first - he's so cute! :)]

Christmas towels were also hung in our guest bathroom and kitchen, Christmas countdown calendars were hung, Christmas candles were lit, and our wreath was put on the front door.  I even finished addressing our Christmas cards!  It was quite the productive day.  I  LOVE Christmas!

 I also roasted a turkey dinner for us yesterday.  Told you it was a festive filled day! ;)  I decided to crank out another mini “Thanksgiving dinner” because the turkeys were on sale for super cheap and I wanted some leftovers.  Since we went to Arizona for Thanksgiving, we didn’t get any leftovers.  I was feeling a little jealous of all the leftover turkey and cranberry sandwiches I was seeing all over the blog world this past week, so I decided to do our own turkey.

 I bought a smaller turkey at about 12.5 lbs. since it was just going to be Cody and me.  I’ve only ever roasted a turkey once before (last year), and it didn’t turn out the best.  The parts that were cooked were too dry and then some of it wasn’t it cooked enough.  I was pretty disappointed, but I thought I’d give it another chance this year.  I’m so glad I did because the turkey last night came out so good!  Cody is not a huge fan of turkey, and he even was oohing and ahhing about it over dinner.  I was quite proud.  The taste was delicious and the meat wasn’t over done – perfect!  I don’t like to brag, but this turkey was something worth bragging about my friends. :)

I perused the internet for what looked like a good rub or seasoning for the turkey, and I finally came across one that looked unique but not too strange.  Plus, I had most of the ingredients on hand.  I made my own version of it, but it was essentially from this recipe.  My “version” is a little healthier and the ingredients are changed up a bit.

Ashley’s Thanksgiving Turkey 

Prep Time: 20-30 minutes

Cook Time: 2-3 hours

Ingredients:

  • 11-14 lb. turkey (I used a 12.5 lb. one)
  • 1/3 cup light butter at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup light mayonnaise
  • 2/3 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons thyme
  • 2 tablespoons rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • baby carrots
  • 1/2 yellow onion (cut into quarters)
  • lots of salt and pepper

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Remove neck and giblets from the turkey.  Ensure that turkey is entirely thawed.
  3. Carefully separate skin from the body of turkey.  (It’s a little time consuming, but not that difficult.)
  4. Mix together butter, mayonnaise, yogurt, thyme, rosemary, and garlic in a small bowl.
  5. Stuff the cavity of the turkey with the carrots and onion.
  6. Rub the butter-mayonnaise-yogurt mixture all over the turkey, under the skin and on the outside.
  7. Bake in oven for 2 – 3 hours at 350 degrees.
  8. Cover turkey with foil for 20-30 minutes and put back in oven at the end.
  9. Slice it up and enjoy!

I also made some creamy smashed potatoes with gravy, homemade cranberry sauce, roasted brussel sprouts, and popped some Rhodes rolls in the oven.  Delicious!

Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Prep Time: 0-3 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup white sugar or other sweetener
  • 1 12 oz. bag of cranberries
  • 1 tablespoon whole wheat flour

Directions:

  1. Put water and sugar in a saucepan.  Bring to a boil.
  2. Pour cranberries into saucepan.  Bring back to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat and let simmer for about 8 minutes.  Stir occasionally.
  4. Stir in flour and let simmer for another 2 minutes.
  5. Let cool and place in refrigrator until ready to serve.

After dinner some tree decorating took place!  I blasted the Pandora Christmas station, and we got to work.  We have an artificial pre-lit tree which makes things go much quicker than a real one.  Although I love the smell of a real tree, I appreciate the easy set up of a fake one more.

We rented “Crazy Stupid Love” to watch last night from Redbox while we snacked on some Dreyer’s Peppermint Ice Cream.  This is one of my favorite store bought holiday treats.  My mom and I used to always eat this together around the holidays when I lived at home.  After I finished my ice cream, I actually passed out pretty quickly.  I was so tired!  From what I could tell in the beginning, the movie was only so-so anyways, so I didn’t feel like I missed much.

I’m so glad we finally got all of our Christmas decorations finished!  Now I need to get to work on some of our Christmas shopping…

Questions:

  • Do you decorate your house/apartment for Christmas? 
  • What are some of your holiday traditions?
  • Have you tried peppermint ice cream?  Love or hate it?

 

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Comments

  1. says

    Wow, that really was a festive day, right down to the ice cream! I had a pretty festive weekend too spent helping my mom Christmas shop and wrapping tons of presents. Your tree looks beautiful and the dinner delicious. Enjoy the rest of your weekend :)

  2. says

    Congrats on the turkey!! It sounds delicious :). And seriously that sounds like such a fun and festive day. I’m jealous! We decorate my house at home but not here at school. I would love to decorate it but there just isn’t really a point since we aren’t here over the holidays! I’ve never tried peppermint ice cream but now I really want to!

    • Ashley says

      thanks lady! i understand about not decorating at school – i did the same thing. and you have to try the peppermint ice cream – oh so good! :)

  3. says

    You definitely did have a festive day! And it sounds PERFECT. We still need to put up our decorations. Need to find the time! I want that shot of extra cheer so hope to make it happen soon. Yours look great. I really love the open Bible idea too.

  4. Brandi says

    Tree looks beautiful! I love decorating for Christmas…:) Tree is up, lights are on the house, and nearly finished with gifts…ahhh…:) Hopefully I won’t be too stressed out by the end of December. I love the way you have your grandmothers Bible set up to Luke. That really is a great idea and such a beautiful reminder of Who this season is about.
    I LOVE Peppermint ice cream! I really hate that it’s only a seasonal thing though…. I have yet to purchase any this year, due to the fact that I would probably not be able to put it down!

    P.S. Did my first workout today and it went really well… Didn’t do the crunches section, but still definitely got a great workout in. Still gonna lay off the running for another week….Thanks so much for the advice!!

    • Ashley says

      yes, i go through the carton of ice cream probably too quickly. it’s probably a good thing for me that it’s only season! haha. :)

      i’m so glad to hear that your workout went better today! that’s awesome. i’m sure you felt great about it! i hope everything continues to heal well!

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